Home-made Wizard of Oz costumes for kids

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Home-made Wizard of Oz costumes for kids
Many children love to dress up as characters from the 1939 classic film. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty)

Not only are home-made "Wizard of Oz" costumes generally less expensive than shop-bought ones, but they allow you to showcase your creativity and flair. Making Oz costumes can be a family project that will give your children a sense of accomplishment and pride in what they wear to a costume party or on Halloween. Due to the variety of characters, there are many options when choosing a costume to make.

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The basic components needed to complete Dorothy's costume are: ruby slippers, blue gingham dress, a stuffed dog in a wicker basket to represent Toto and your child's hair (or a wig made of brown yarn) in pigtails. The slippers are made by spraying any white pair of slip-on shoes with red spray glitter. Do this a day in advance to ensure complete drying time. Blue gingham checked fabric with a little white blouse or T-shirt are enough to make the outfit. Use a dress pattern to create a simple jumper and have the child wear the white top underneath. Tie her pigtails with some scraps from the dress fabric.

Home-made Wizard of Oz costumes for kids
Dorothy Gale wore a blue gingham dress in the Wizard of Oz book and film. (Neil Mockford/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)


The Scarecrow costume requires an old pair of baggy trousers and an oversized long-sleeved shirt. Tie the waist, wrists and the bottom of the trousers legs with twine and staple or glue straw, raffia or yellow yarn at the ankles, wrists and collar of the costume to create a stuffed appearance. An old floppy hat and some scarecrow face make-up will complete the ensemble.

Tin Man

Use or buy a grey tracksuit for your child to wear. Alternatively, use a white tracksuit and either spray paint it or dye it silver or grey. Wrap silver painted poster board around the body to create a cylinder shape, and cut holes in the sides for your child's arms to fit through. Secure the board with staples or glue. Use additional silver poster board or cardboard wrapped in aluminium foil to make the Tin Man's funnel hat. Secure a red felt heart to the chest. To complete the costume, spray paint old trainers and gloves silver and paint your child's face in non-toxic silver face paint.

Cowardly Lion

Tan tracksuit bottoms and hoodie are the main items needed for the Cowardly Lion costume. With a brown curly wig or brown fur pieces, create the effect of a lion's mane by gluing the pieces to the part of the hood that frames the face. Take a strip of brown felt and glue it to the butt of the tracksuit bottoms for a tail. Add a bit of fur or part of the wig to the end of the tail to create a fluffy tip. Furry tan slippers and a painted face aren't necessary, but they will add to the costume's total look.

Wicked Witch

The Wicked Witch is easy to create with just a swath of black fabric cut into a tent-style dress. Cut a hole in the middle to put your child's head through and either glue, staple or sew the sides together, leaving arm holes open. A thin strip of the same fabric can also be used as a belt to be tied around your child's waist. Cut the hem of the dress into points and use an inexpensive black witch hat to complete the outfit. Accessorise her in black tights and shoes. Paint her hands, arms and face with green face paint and hand her a broom as a prop.

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